Bill of Materials

Creating a BOM with Part & Assembly Actors in SOLIDWORKS Composer

When working in SOLIDWORKS Composer, there might be a situation were the information that is being expressed in the Bill of Materials (BOM) come from both the part & assembly level. In the article ‘How to create an Assembly Level BOM‘, we learned how to get BOM items at the assembly level. Lets take that one step further by creating a specialized BOM in SOLIDWORKS Composer that uses both parts & assembly actors, and see the nuances in making it work. Where to Start In the example below, we see a SOLIDWORKS Composer file is made of different actors. We have the top-level assembly made up of sub-assemblies & parts as well as assembly groups & dummy actors. A view focusing on the grilling features of this barbecue set has been created. We want to create a simplified BOM that shows the main component groups (sub-assemblies) & a few add-on…

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Make your BOM Worth a Thousand Words in SOLIDWORKS 2019

SOLIDWORKS 2019 increases the clarity and usability of exported BOMs by enabling the inclusion of component thumbnails

Creating a bill of materials to document the different components in an assembly is a near universal task. For caution of the word all, let’s stick with saying that most designers will need to perform this potentially time-consuming activity during their careers. Therefore, it is no surprise that designers everywhere rejoice when they discover SOLIDWORKS keeps track of every component added to their assemblies, enabling them to create BOMs with the click of a button. This is further enhanced by SOLIDWORKS associativity, which ensures that any changes to an assembly are automatically reflected in the BOM, without requiring any user interaction. New SOLIDWORKS BOM Component Preview Although many designers create BOMs, a dramatically larger number of people need to read and reference them on an ongoing, daily basis. SOLIDWORKS 2019 addresses this by adding thumbnail component previews to your BOMs, ensuring readability and ease of use long after design work…

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SOLIDWORKS Indented BOM with Single Body Sheet Metal Part

When you create a SOLIDWORKS Indented BOM from an assembly that contains sheet metal or weldment parts it will add further indented rows with the cutlist information.  You have the option to show the ‘Detailed cut list’ in the Indented BOM.  For weldment files, deselecting the ‘Detailed cut list’ option will show the total length of each structural member size.  When you enable ‘Detailed Cutlist’, it will break it down into each cut list item with the quantity. If you also have a Sheet Metal part in the assembly it may only contain one body.  The extra row will be included as a Sheet Metal part can have multiple bodies and separate cut list items.  The Description in this row will pick up from the Cut List Properties in the Sheet Metal Part. NOTE: The overall part files in the images below have no Description custom property applied which is…

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SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials – Link vs Break cells

The SOLIDWORKS BOM typically includes columns linked to Custom Properties in the models.  Therefore changes to the Custom Properties in the model will update the drawing BOM.  Each cell is linked to the property of that component.  However if you double-click on a cell in the BOM, you have an option to Keep Link or Break Link. SOLIDWORKS BOM Cell: Keep Link If you choose ‘Keep Link’, it maintains the link to the model’s Custom Property.  You can change the value in the BOM cell and it will update the corresponding Custom Property in the component. The updates go both ways and remain linked. SOLIDWORKS BOM Cell: Break Link However if you choose ‘Break Link’, this cell is no longer linked to the Custom Property.  You are now manually entering a value.  This will not update the corresponding component’s Custom Property and likewise it won’t update from any changes on…

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How to combine multiple Custom Properties in a SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials

When going through the process of creating an assembly drawing, it is beneficial in most cases to make use of Custom Properties listed in individual Bill of Materials (BOM) columns. These could be a Part Description, Part Number, Manufacturer, etc. Sometimes, it may be beneficial to combine multiple part Custom Properties into one column in a BOM. For the purposes of this example, an assembly was created using two screws. Individual Custom Properties were made that detailed the thread diameter, length, and type of each screw. When we make a BOM with these column headings, it appears as shown below: Each of the custom properties is contained in its own column. In this case, we may want to summarize the information in these custom properties in a single column. The three pieces of information would work very well as a description for this particular part. To do this, we will reference…

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How to sort SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Components in your BOM table [VIDEO]

Sort SOLIDWORKS Toolbox BOM

Have you ever wondered how you can sort your SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials in a way that all of your SOLIDWORKS toolbox components are listed at the foot of the BOM table? That was the problem that one of our customers was facing. If you look at the sorting options that are available for a BOM table, you will notice that it is not possible to sort the BOM based on component type. So we have to find another way to accomplish that. Fortunately, there is an easy trick that we used to overcome the problem. Watch this video if you want to know how:

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Making the Case for Resilient PLM [WHITE PAPER]

It was only a decade or so ago that sensors and embedded software were mere supporting characters in product development, mostly associated with highly engineered products like aircraft and automobiles. Today, these technologies take center stage in products of all types, raising the bar for product lifecycle management (PLM) platforms and calling into question whether existing systems have the staying power to meet the requirements of tomorrow’s engineering practices. The fast emerging Internet of Things (IoT) is bringing wholesale changes to how products are conceived, architected and built. In a world where intelligent, connected devices will be the norm, even a simple household appliance like a blender becomes an intricate exercise in design complexity involving onboard electronics and communications technologies. Creating these connected products is pushing PLM beyond its traditional role of managing CAD files and orchestrating mechanical design processes. Enterprise PLM systems put in place to tackle yesterday’s product…

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PLM – It’s All About the Product!

Aras PLM in use

CIMdata recently released an article titled, “PLM for All: Unleashing Product Data to the Enterprise.” It talks about the actual use and perception of PLM in industry and makes solid points about what is needed to realize the value potential of PLM. Here is a shocker: PLM is NOT Engineering Here is another: PDM is NOT PLM We are in the PLM business. But ultimately our job is to help you to make better products and services. Why? Simple, PLM is all about the PRODUCT. A product is much more than a cool assembly in your favorite CAD system. That’s just the virtual manifestation of the as-designed product – we call that the eBOM. Firms build products. They don’t make Engineering. Operations doesn’t make money. It is ALL about the product. The entire firm is assembled to make that product. The collective effort makes money when that product sells. If the firm is inefficient…

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